Saudi Football Association’s Professionalism and Player Status Committee Decision

The Saudi Football Association’s Professionalism and Player Status Committee has made a final decision regarding the number of foreign specialists registered in each team.

Some clubs are struggling with having more than 8 foreign players on their roster, which exceeds the limit set by the Saudi Football Federation.

To address this issue, the Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadhiya quoted a source in the Professionalism Committee, stating that clubs should not be forced to terminate contracts of professionals who exceed the allowed number.

According to the source, teams participating in the AFC Champions League or Club World Cup can use the services of all their foreign players, as these competitions require players to be registered on the local federation’s roster through the TMS system.

The source also mentioned that the committee has approached Saudi clubs with more than 8 foreign professionals to reach an agreement with the players. This could involve utilizing them in existing competitions or mutually ending their cooperation.

The committee emphasized that failure to reach an agreement with a player exceeding the allowed number could lead to legal issues. The player would have the right to terminate the contract and receive significant financial compensation if they did not participate in at least 10% of the total number of official matches.

This decision is particularly significant for the Saudi club Al-Ittihad, which will participate in the AFC Champions League and Club World Cup in addition to local tournaments. Currently, they have 9 foreign professionals on their list, and this number may increase to 10 after the recovery of Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi.

Source: goal

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Chang Michel is a sports reporter for 24PalNews. He has also covered sports for TV and radio in Miami, Newark, and Atlanta. Chang, a native of Queens, NY, graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international affairs and French.

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